The simplest type of build is a process that converts (source) code to a compiled binary file that can then be run. More complex builds can also run unit or integration tests and can use tools to generate reports about the quality of the code. Lastly, builds are often triggered automatically by ...

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Including compiled application in build

I currently maintain the build process of a suite of applications through TFS. Our nightly build, in addition to compiling the code checked in that day, uses InstallAware to produce an installer for ...
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Deploy a website via apt/yum to different environments without rebuilding for each?

I want to setup a continuous integration pipeline for the first time. I have a website that includes a config file that points to MySQL and Redis. I would like to build a package once and then deploy ...
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What are the benefits of out of tree build? [closed]

Someone suggested to me that I should always build out of tree, but this person wasn't able to provide me with a compelling reason why it's always the best practice (the project in this case was the ...
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Why does Apache have two separate tools for build and dependency management?

Apache has two separate tools: Apache Maven Apache Ant + Apache Ivy They seem to both fill the same niche. I have two questions: What are the highlights of the main differences between the two ...
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What are the advantages of build scripts?

For most of my programming career, I've used the "build/compile/run" command in whatever IDE I'm working with to produce a runnable program. This is one button, pretty easy. As I learn more about ...
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Why are there no package management systems for C and C++? [closed]

There are some programming languages for which exist a package management system: CTAN for TeX CPAN for Perl Pip & Eggs for Python Maven for Java cabal for Haskell Gems for Ruby Is there any ...
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How to structure project where a library and application using the library are concurrently developed?

I am planning to develop a new application that will heavily use a library that will be developed from scratch specifically for the application, but made general enough for it to be used for other ...
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What are linkers and loaders? How do they work?

I am trying to understand things like linkers and loaders better. What area of computer science do they belong to? Compiler, Operating System, Computer Architecture? Where do linkers and loaders ...
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What uses are there today for manually writing Makefiles? [closed]

I remember the general gist of writing Makefiles, but, due to CMake, autotools and other such Makefile generators, I've forgotten so many details that, if you were to ask me to write a makefile from ...
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How to retrieve the third-party library licenses

I am looking for a way to automatically collect all the third-party library licences that my project is using. Currently I am collecting by hand the licences on github. So far , I don't have a clear ...
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Visual Studio build everytime JS and CSS changes?

I am relatively new to Visual Studio Development and I was wondering - it seems that everytime I make changes to my JS or CSS in my project - I have to "build" the project again. Is there any way to ...
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Is directly using Make considered obsolete?

So I have been coming across many comments/posts/etc regarding creating makefiles directly, and how it is a silly thing to do in 2015. I am aware of tools such as CMake, and I actually use CMake quite ...
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Common to include pre-built binaries for supporting build tools? [duplicate]

As part of a Visual Basic 6 project, I have created a python script to provide a CLI to building the project/docs. However, I realize that not all developers who will have access to this project will ...
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Is there an industry standard term for a build which uses the production API, but is specifically for internal testing? [closed]

I'm working on clearing up our build processes of a PhoneGap app we're developing for iOS and Android, and I want to develop a concise naming scheme for our different build types. Here's what I'm ...
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To integrate git versions as build numbers or not?

A colleague and I have been taking turns debating/discussing the issues/merits of integrating a version derived from the current git repository into our code whenever it builds. We think the merits ...
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Caching build results

This is a "technology/concept identification" question. I have a rather large project in a DCVS repository. Build times are loooong (about an hour) from a full clean. The project is already divided ...
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How do you identify bugfix commits on QA environment with Git repository?

I got used to the following approach on bugfixing phase of the project development. The developer should add SVN commit number as a comment to the JIRA issue when resolving it. Latest artifact from ...
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Would forcing developers to fix at 3 AM the build they broke undermine motivation? [closed]

Breaking the build is a bad thing. Different teams take different measures to encourage their members to avoid breaking the build at all costs. Some measures are moderate. For example Joel Spolsky ...
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Is 'lazy' the correct term for timestamp-based skipping? [closed]

(1) The oldmakeutility looks at timestamps, and if the output is newer than the input, it skips (pointless, time-consuming) re-compilation of e.g. C files. The same is true for many languages and ...
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Why is build.number an “abuse” of semantic versioning?

I was explaining a proposed build system (Gradle/Artifactory/Jenkins/Chef) to one of our senior architects, and he made a comment to me that I sort of disagree with, but am not experienced enough to ...
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What advantages do continuous integration tools offer on a solo project?

If you're doing a solo project - would you use CI tools to build from a repository? I've used Hudson and Cruise Control in a team environment, where it's essential to build as soon as anyone checks ...
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To depend on source code or on binary?

We have two in-house projects, A and B, developed by different teams with B dependent on A. Since source code for both projects is stored in git, I've included project A as a submodule into project B ...
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How to apologize when you have broken the nightly build [closed]

My first commit in my project resulted in the nightly build being broken and people are all over me as we are nearing the release. I want to send an apology email that should sound sincere and at the ...
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What exactly is the build number in MAJOR.MINOR.BUILDNUMBER.REVISION

What I think about Build Numbers is that whenever a new nightly build is created, a new BUILDNUMBER is generated and assigned to that build. So for my 7.0 version application the nightly builds will ...
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Should maven generate jaxb java code or just use java code from source control?

We're trying to plan how to mash together a build server for our shiny new java backend. We use a lot of jaxb XSD code generation and I was getting into a heated argument with whoever cared that the ...
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Purpose of building file using Make

I am trying to understand what is the purpose of making files using commands such as cmake .. and make, I have tried looking online but there is no concise explanation on its purpose that i could ...
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Where do the responsibilities of build tools end and those of CI tools start? [duplicate]

In the delivery of software, and within the sense of the deployment pipeline, where do the responsibilities of build tools, like Maven, end, and the responsibilities of CI start? As a rough example ...
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Should performance tests be instrumented by build tools?

Should performance tests be instrumented by build tools as part of the build process, or should they live completely outside? If outside, then where in the deployment pipeline should they live? I ...
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Why isn't java used as a build language?

If Java is a general purpose language, and building a program is something that can be described using the Java language, why isn't this the best way to write build files and instead we use tools like ...
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Multiple entrance points in project

My question is related to C++ but it comes from Java actually. When I was programming Java I had multiple classes, which were derived from a base "Test" class. Their purpose was to test things - run ...
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Handling large and small changes specific to a customer

I've been going back and forth on how to handle this best. The problem C# project consisting of WCF services used by a Flex application. A customer may request a functionality change that requires ...
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How should an embedded OS be combined with user code?

As a side-effect of an embedded project I've been working on, I've developed a small operating system for an ARM processor. While the OS and my user code are in separate directories and have clean ...
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Build number when supporting previous version

I am developing and maintaining a web-based application that's used internally at my job. I am the only developer and so I'm not really using branches; everything happens on the trunk. I do tag ...
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How to avoid binary dependency on size change

class A { public: int i; }; // A.h and defined in project libA.vcxproj (libA.dll) I'm using class A in multiple places at various projects as below. Apporoximately 100 projects. include "A.h" class ...
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Is Ant still in the “mainstream” for Java builds?

We have been slowly replacing batch command files (windows .bat) which were simply jarring up the classes compiled in the developers IDE, with more comprehensive Ant builds (i.e. get from CVS, clean ...
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Is a new build required everytime I make a change to the code?

I am working on a project that has around a hundred different files (.cpp & .h), and it requires around an hour to build the entire project on MSVC 2008, suppose that I now make a change to any ...
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Must OpenCL code be compiled for a specific GPU?

Most OpenCL Tutorials give a nice introduction to OpenCL, yet I have not found information on the question of interoperability of the compilation targets. It seems that I have to compile OpenCL code ...
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Distributing a data access solution across multiple solutions

I have 3 solutions, one of them is a dataccess solution with all the repositories etc. At the moment when a change is made to it, the others have to go get the latest nuget version locally, we have a ...
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How do you handle deployment configuration of your thick browser (html/javascript/css) clients?

Question For those of you working with html/javascript/css "thick clients", specifically those that work against some client-independent server API, how do you manage your deployment environment ...
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Build status reporting on javascript project

I have a javascript project which uses Grunt and several plug-ins such as: jshint qunit requirejs optimizer Not all of the developers run the grunt tasks locally (e.g. jshint, qunit), so they ...
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Automated builds, build tools and Embedded systems

I come from an embedded world where we use C/C++ for programming, and use an IDE to generate a binary file, which is then programmed into a Hardware Board, which can then be tested. With this ...
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Continuous integration and modifying existing UI automation tests

Our team is currently facing a situation where we are changing a feature that is in the product today. This feature has Selenium automation tests associated with it. We are performing a fairly major ...
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Source control and compilation tool chain [closed]

I am a single developer working on a large system. I was recently informed that there may be an opportunity to recruit another developer or maybe two. I have incorporated source control into my ...
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Java continuous integration with extras [closed]

I am very new to continuous integration, but I decided to give it a shot. Unfortunately I found there to be huge quantities of different tools, and each one is sizable and seems to be difficult (I am ...
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Which Continuous Integration framework do you use and why? [closed]

There are quite a few different Continuous Integration (CI) frameworks out there and I'm wondering which is the most popular. Which frameworks have you used at firms where you work? Is there any ...
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Looking for good practices on managing branches and developers in Git [duplicate]

I a little while ago I joined a new development team and recently we had our first major release. We've used Git since the beginning of the project and by now are somewhat comfortable with it. ...
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Best practices for versioning project after dependency upgrade

Say, my project have dependency N with version 1.0.0. Then something have changed, and I should depend on newer version - let it be 1.0.1. OK, I'm incrementing dependency version, nothing else ...
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Organizing related projects and dependencies for nuget publishing

I've been working on writing .NET bindings for Rollbar, an error and message reporting service, like Airbrake. My library is working nicely and is published in the NuGet gallery. So now I want to ...
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how to stay efficient when a build is almost always broken

I work in a middle sized team which shares the same source code and while have a continues integration in place, but as all of us has to work in the same branch, the build is almost always broken. ...
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Understanding Package Management Systems

I am attempting to understand what a Package Management System. I grasp the main concept of it but I have some queries. Does a package management system install features(compilers, libraries, ...